Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre to host webinar series this fall

Focusing on address companion animal behaviour
| Atlantic Veterinary College
Dr. Karen Overall and her dog Hamilton
Dr. Karen Overall and her dog Hamilton

The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre (SJDAWC), Atlantic Veterinary College, will offer its annual three-part webinar series on September 15 and 29, and October 13. Each webinar will be live from 4 to 5 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time.

Animal behaviour specialist Dr. Karen L. Overall will address companion animal behaviour during the series. Overall is author of over 100 scholarly publications, dozens of textbook chapters, the texts Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals and Manual of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Dogs and Cats, and a DVD titled Humane Behavioral Care for Dogs: Problem Prevention and Treatment. She is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behavior (ACVB) and is board-certified by the Animal Behavior Society (ABS) as an applied animal behaviorist.

The first webinar will deal with attachment in cats and dogs. Given that separation anxiety is the single most common diagnosis in pet dogs in North America and second only to all aggression diagnoses in prevalence, understanding what we know about attachment is important and has direct implications for how we treat troubled patients. To register, go to

The second webinar is titled “We want treatment to be humane, but shouldn’t treatment ‘work’?” Overall will discuss which treatments have known efficacy, which pose risks, and when should we think “diet” versus “drugs”. To register, go to

During the third webinar, Overall will talk about “What’s new, hot, and important in the veterinary behaviour and behavioural medicine literature?” The best of veterinary behaviour and behavioural medicine literature is in journals that are not readily accessible to busy veterinary teams, she said. She will review a subset of recent hot publications with surprising findings that have clinical applications meaningful for veterinarians’ patients. To register, go to

The registration cost is $50 per webinar or $120 for all three. There is no charge for veterinary and AHT students. Participating veterinarians and veterinary technicians will receive one hour of CE per webinar. The webinar series is RACE accredited. If registrants prefer, they may view the webinars at their convenience via a link.

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